Why did a bat fly straight into my face while I was riding home last night?

Monday, July 2, 2007 11.00pm
Do not adjust your monitor, this is not a joke...

Bat sonar is one of the wonders of the animal kingdom. By using its echo location system that's been developed over 60 million years, yer common or garden bat can detect a fruitfly in the dead of night from a distance of 100 feet. A bat can tell its own sonar signals so precisely among thousands of others that massive swarms can fly together in pitch black caves in perfect safety. And apparently, for its size a bat's sonar is a million times more sensitive than anything yet developed by man.

So why did a bat fly straight into my face while I was riding home last night?

Weâre not talking about a glancing blow here. Weâre talking about a full-on filling-rattling smack on the swede. Weâre talking about checking for blood.

Iâve had a rat or a vole or something run under the back wheel before (it ran off). Iâve had a deer jump over a hedge and miss the handlebar by about an inch (it ran off). And near misses with pheasants â theyâre two-a-penny round here.

But a bat in the face? You donât expect that. If Iâm riding too fast to be detected by sonar, Iâm obviously much fitter than I thought.

Has anything ever flown into your face on the commute? Let us know below...

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